Gmail has a decent selection of formatting options but unfortunately, some of the less common items like strikethrough, superscript, and subscript aren’t immediately available. Now, we know these are fairly niche ways of writing, but it’s your email, so why shouldn’t you be able to express yourself?

Luckily, inserting unusual characters into a Gmail email (try saying that five times fast) is actually easy and simple. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process step-by-step.

Step 1 – Open Gmail

We’re going to start by creating a new email. To do this, click the big red Compose button on the left-hand side of the screen.

strikethrough in gmail

A new window will appear. This is where you type the main text of your email. Down at the bottom, you’ll notice a selection of formatting options. Bold, italics, and underline are all supported, but there’s no strikethrough option. This tells us that we’ll have to bring this kind of text from elsewhere.

how to strikethrough in gmail

Step 2 – Open a Word Processing Program

You can use whichever word processing application you’re most comfortable with. In this example, we’ll be using Microsoft Word. Type in some text, then highlight it and click the button shown below to add a strikethrough.

gmail strikethrough

You can also choose to add different effects here, if you’d like to. There really aren’t any limits; why not try clicking the Insert tab and adding a symbol as well?

For instance: ♥How to strikethrough text in Gmail

Step 3 – Copy and Paste into Gmail

Now all that remains is to copy and paste your text back into the Gmail email creation window. You can do this by pressing the Control key and C at the same time, then paste with the Control key and V. You can also right-click the highlighted text and select copy or paste from the context menu.

strikethrough text gmail

Once your text is in Gmail, feel free to click the blue Send button at the bottom of the window. Gmail preserve all of your text’s formatting and your recipient will be able to see it exactly as you do. Simple, isn’t it?

Step 4 – Experiment!

Now that we know how to insert formatted text into Gmail, we can experiment with all kinds of writing. For instance, you can also:

I̖͇̞̝n̵̞̣̖̪͔sé͙̹͇r̙̻̥t͚̬̱ ͖ͅc̗̼̜ͅr̼̳̟̲̰͢ͅe̯̳͕͘e̫̻͎̪̼̠͠p͍̼y̠̪̙̹̠̰̩ ̢̝̜͕̥̼̟ͅt̘̞͓̖e͇x̨t̳͈̗̹̩̯͘ͅ


ínsєrt cutєsч tєхt

ⓘⓝⓢⓔⓡⓣ ⓑⓤⓑⓑⓛⓔ ⓣⓔⓧⓣ

Or even

||̿ ͇| ͇ ͇̿ ̿ |̶͇̿ ̶͇̿ ͇̿ |̿ ̶̿’╮ ̿ ̿|̿ ̿    |̿ ̶̿’╮|͇̿ ͇̿ ͇̿||̶͇̿ ̶͇̿ ̶͇̿)|͇̿ ͇̿ ͇̿| ̿ ̿|̿ ̿ ||͇̿ ͇̿ ͇̿ ͇̿     ̿ ̿|̿ ̿ |̶͇̿ ̶͇̿ ͇̿ ╳ ̿ ̿|̿ ̿


Inserting unusual text in Gmail isn’t all that hard, there are just a couple of extra steps involved. Still, though: now you know how it’ll become second nature to you. Until Google add this functionality to their email service, we’ll just have to make do with this workaround.

You already know how to strikethrough in Gmail. Since this guide is about email, take time read our other helpful guides on how sign in to Comcast email and how to check your Juno email with IMAP. These guides might help you.

Justin Howe


Electrician and DIY specialist Justin deleted his own successful tech blog to write expert product reviews and buying guides together with his friend Robert.

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